Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Are you Left or Right Brained?

Take the Quiz!

I am... 25% Left Brained, 75% Right Brained

The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

I knew I was right brained because I'm creative, unorganized (in some areas) good at decorating, etc... I'm not good at philosophy or sports though.
There were a few questions that I struggled with...I really could go either way with them. So I took the test again and it said that I'm 45% Left Brained, 55% Right Brained.
So, who knows! :) I'm more right brained than left....which is afterall true. :)

Take the quiz then let me know what you are! :)

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Rock Candy

Every Christmas I've always bought a stick of Rock Candy for Bobby. This year, I got some for the girls too. They loved it (what child wouldn't, it's pure sugar!), so we decided it was high time to make some of our own. :)

It's a fun science project for the girls to watch too. It was perfect, Catherine enjoys "The Magic School bus", the one she watched today was perfect...it was about molecules, and sugar crystals....just too perfect!

So, here's what we have so far:

LOL, See my 2 little sillies peeking in there?! :)

Heat 1 cup of water and 2 cups of sugar, stirring frequently. Once the sugar is melted, add an additional 2 cups of sugar, continue heating until all sugar is dissolved. Pour into jar(s) add a drop of food color, stick (or string) cover w/wax paper. Let it set still (don't move the jars around, but keep it in an area you can observe it) for a week to form large formations of sugar crystals; Rock Candy.

Here's what it looks like just 6 hours afterwards. The molecules of sugar are already collecting together.

:) There's my other little silly peeking into the picture! :)

Friday, January 27, 2006

Tagged - FIVE

Maureen tagged me...

What were you doing 10 years ago?
10 years ago? Let's see...I was living in Virginia, working at Hallmark. I was dating Bobby, in January we had taken a trip to KY so he could meet my family. (2 months later, we'd get married!)

Five snacks you enjoy:

  1. Chocolate Chip Cookies (Crisp, not soft)
  2. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
  3. Lay's Original Chips
  4. Coffee Ice Cream
  5. Candy Bars :) Snickers/Twix/Baby Ruth, etc.

Five songs to which you KNOW all the lyrics:

Let me preface this by saying, I love music, but I have a terrible memory, and I'm not that good at singing along with music! I can remember 80% of songs. :) LOL So my choices will seem pretty pathetic! :)

  1. This little light of mine
  2. Happy Birthday
  3. Jesus loves the little children
  4. Hush little baby
  5. We wish you a Merry Christmas

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:

  1. Go to college
  2. Set money aside so my children can go to any college they want to
  3. Get my dream home
  4. Help out our parents and other family members
  5. Give more to church & charities

Five bad habits:

  1. Not planning dinner in advance
  2. Not going to the grocery store often enough
  3. Not sending birthday cards off in time
  4. Letting laundry pile up
  5. Not checking for voicemails

Five things you like doing:

  1. Talking on the phone to family and friends
  2. Impressing others with my baking skills
  3. Scrapbooking
  4. Blogging
  5. Doing fun things with my family
Five things you would never wear, buy, or get again:

  1. A perm
  2. Diapers! :) Yeah I'm done
  3. Wal-Mart Clothes
  4. Horizontal stripes
  5. Off brand Peanut Butter
Five favorite toys:

  1. Laptop
  2. Scrapbook stuff!
  3. Digital Camera
  4. Canon Rebel Camera
  5. Kitchen Aid Mixer

Shan & Cami

All in a day!

Catherine came home with this bundle of cards from the 3rd graders that I read to yesterday. That was so sweet of them! It just made my heart melt to read all of their Thank You's. I had read an Amelia Begelia story, so I got a lot of drawings from the book, and what their favorite part was. Soo cute! :)

So... today, I cleaned the microwave out (that's a tough job when tomato sauce goes wild in there!), spent 3 hours cleaning the girls bedroom (which we all know it will only be spotless for a few days!), folded 2 loads of laundry, made dinner, and most important....
..... I FOUND THE CHOCOLATE!!! :) LOL...so here's the story......I placed all the chocolate that was floating around the house from Halloween and Christmas in this tub, then somehow I misplaced the thing! I thought for sure that Bobby threw it out (because you know, we always talk about loosing weight, so I'm sure he thought he was helping me)...but I've been craving dark chocolate....so I've been looking for this tub for a few weeks. Well, tonight I finally found that tub! Sorry my dear husband for ever thinking you could possibly throw it away on me! ;)
...yes, I ate a piece (...okay 3) of Hershey's dark chocolate with almonds Nugget(s).

I finally read 2 chapters of the book we've been reading, Sheparding a childs heart (ch 2 & 3) and filled out the handbook questions. I'm having Lisa & Ruth over in the morning for us to discuss it.

Tonight I went with my friend Anne and we signed our kids up for soccer. The original sign ups were the Saturday of Catherine's Birthday party. Well, there was no way I could do it then. I'm glad they had another night for sign ups. We have to get Catherine sheen gaurds, soccer shorts, socks, cleats and possibly even her own Soccer ball. One of her other friends have signed up too, we made notes on our forms to get them on the same team so we can carpool. I hope they'll have fun, I'm sure they will! Catherine spent all summer kicking the ball around the yard, it's hard to get the ball away from her too! :)

I'm so tired, and need to find some time to rest up...I've got to get over this month long cold! :P

I'll tell you though, I'm feeling so inspired to scrapbook, I hope I can find some time tomorrow to work on Marti's Circle Journal. I haven't scrapped in a LONG time, so it's overdue!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Want to know what I really enjoy?

I really enjoy working at the school!

Today I went in to be a "Guest Reader" and read books to 2 different class rooms. I read 2 rainbow fish books to one of the second grade classes, and an Amelia Begelia book to a 3rd grade class. It was so fun!

I do the Famous Artist Program and Kid Writing with the Kindergarteners, and help put away Library books in the Library. It's so fun, the kids are great. I know teachers have rough days, but what a rewarding job they have working/teaching the kids every day.

I've waited for 5 years to be a PTO Mom, I finally am, and I'm loving every second of it! :)

Have you Read today?

My friend Jenn and her 4 year old, that normally watches Abby for me while I do school stuff, had pink eye. Abby's pink eye cleared up the day they came down with it. Arggh....I felt awful...Abb had the antibiotic drops for 24 hrs before they saw each other, we lysold everything Abby touched... :( Anyways...

Yesterday I took Abby with me to Catherine's school for a RIF distribution (where the whole school get's a free book). She was SO good. I was so proud of her. She sat in her little spot and kept herself occupied with all the goodies we brought in her own little Dora backpack.

Last night we had girl scouts. Catherine has earned a few petals already for Daisy's but their tunics aren't in yet so they can't see what they're earning. I stayed and helped since I brought in the snack.

Today I have to go to the school as a guest reader. I'm reading a book to a 2nd grade class and to the one of the 3rd grade classes. I don't know what I'll be reading yet, but it needs to take about 15 minutes. I just got the call to do this yesterday late afternoon. I had already been to the library (I took the girls yesterday morning) so I'm not prepared...I really dislike not being prepared. I'll figure it out though.

Catherine has a reading goal of 15 min a day and a ton of other activities (the school is aiming for 20,000 points). We got the American Girl Collection....Felicity & Kaya books. I think we should take the Kaya books back, I don't see us reading all of them in just 2 weeks.

Right now we're reading Meet Felicity. Last night we read the 1st chapter, I need to get off of here and read them the 2nd chapter while they're finger painting. :) Fun, fun, fun! :)

Monday, January 23, 2006

A few goals for 2006

Okay, I guess it's time to write down a few things for this new year. I've put it off long enough! :)

A Few Goals for 2006

  • Scrapbook more (I feel like I haven't scrapbooked forever!!! Actually it's been over 6 months since I've done 1 layout for myself)
  • ReOrganize all my scrapbook supplies (including my old space that's in the girls room)
  • Read more books to my girls and for myself
  • Excersize more and eat a little healthier (drink more water too)
  • Find a good moisturizer (MaryKay just isn't working for me)
  • Decorate my room (I have a ton of white shabby stuff, just need to get some shelves up)
  • Keep on top of the laundry continually
  • Entertain friends at our house more
  • Get my Video Camera back from our old church (hmfff...long story)
  • Create a Family Cookbook before our big reunion in June
  • Get closer to God again...I've moved, not Him!
  • Teach the girls to pick up after themselves better
  • File papers away! (I've been so bad, letting mail stack up, then going thru it all)
  • Be more patient - Don't loose my temper and yell
  • Play more games with girls (lately, we've been playing a board game or two almost every night, it's great, the girls love it, and it's a great thing to do as a family!)
  • Stick to a schedule to keep my time organized!

There's more but for now, that's enough! :)

2005 I accomplished several goals.

  • I painted my credenza and moved it upstairs,
  • moved my scrapbook work area to another room
  • Repainted my living room
  • Put new blinds up in the downstairs windows
  • Sewed new drapes & hung them
  • Wallpapered my kitchen & finished different touch up jobs
  • Installed new lights in the living room
  • Redid my bathroom downstairs
  • Volunteer on several PTO committees.

I know there's more, but that's all I can remember for now. :)

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Birthday Parties Galore!

We ended up only having 6 girls for Catherine's 6th Birthday! :) Pretty good. :) They all had fun. Catherine was really pleased with the Pink Poodle theme (I loved the Eiffel tower that came with the package!) :) LOL

If you look close you can see the mini double layered 6" cake I made for Catherine. I got a poodle figure and just added swirly pink icing for the topper! :) LOL I was a "mean" mom and wouldn't let her lick off that icing (Yuck!)

The photo of Cat in the circle at top left, is the moment that she made her birthday wish just before blowing out the candles. I wonder what she wished for, I hope it's nice and that it will come true.

I took some cute pictures of Cat and each guests, which will go in the Thank You cards.

Of course this weekend was my great friend Jenn's birthday and my dear friend Ruth's birthday. I'm a little birthday'd out! :) LOL

Friday we went over to Jenn's house and partied with her. I got to bed somewhere in the neighborhood of 2 (I was a good girl, and only had 3 drinks during the party....which was, 6 hrs I guess. Abby has Pink Eye...and woke us up crying at 4:40. I couldn't get back to sleep because then all I could think about was not forgeting something for Ruth's party. Her husband "hired" me as the party planner (w/0 pay!) ;) So I just got up, finished making her gift, took my shower, loaded the car, kids got up, feed them breakfast, and left to decorate the hall.

She was suprised, it was so much fun!!! Everything looked beautiful, everyone had a great time. It was a great time. I'm REALLY tired now though!!! :)

Now...I made an awesome card for Jenn, I wish I scanned it. I altred a wooden "R" for Ruth (her husband teased that it was for Reverse......she backed into something with their new Trailblazer....oops!) Again...I wish I scanned it! I just ran out of time, so it never got done!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Meme Challenge #18 - 5 Things...

Meme Challenge #18 from 2Peas

This is a tough one. There are many things in life that I think if I can't do it perfect, then I won't do it. But other things I have no problem doing them, even if it doesn't turn out perfectly.

List five things you would love to do, if you didn't have to do them perfectly.

Let's see....

  1. Decorate cakes for a living (I love doing this, but getting the icing perfectly smooth is almost impossible for me)
  2. Scrapbook every day

Wow, I can only think of 2 things! I'll have to ponder over this some more

It's been several days, and I still can't figure out what else I'd like to say....What does that say about me?

I guess, I really don't want to do certain things if they're not perfect.....and I don't care if the other things aren't done perfectly! :)

& now she's sick!

Catherine woke up this morning with a 103 temperature. I got her dressed and into the Dr's office as soon as they could see her. Poor girl was so red (look, she's brighter than her pink pants!).

They thought she might have strep throat, but it was negative (Thankfully). She has a viral infection, so plenty of rest and fluids (a.k.a. TV, Popsicles, Sprite & Water...much to her delight!) :)

(oh, the second photo, I had to do some "covering up", but otherwise there is not digitally remastering of these photos...her skin was soooo red/pink from her fever)

I was supposed to host a bible study at my house this morning at 10:30, I forgot all about it. I felt terrible that I let everything slip my mind once I saw Cat this morning. Thankfully everyone understood. They had tried calling me but my cell was turned off while I was at the Dr's office. Apperantly they called my DH because they were worried because they knew something was wrong (it's not like to me totally forget something like this, especially since we saw each other Sunday and talked about it).

I was going to post pictures from Catherine's party, but I'll wait until next post.

Saturday we had Catherine's Birthday party.
Sunday we had our Monthly lunch with friends from our old church (trying to stay in touch)
Monday Bobby cleaned out his shed, and my friend Anne came over and finished my wallpaper in the kitchen (one wall needed to be done, and after B & I did the first wall over a year ago, we haven't been motivated to do it...wallpapering stinks!)

Thursday, January 12, 2006

My Big girl is 6!

Yesterday Catherine celebrated her 6th Birthday! I can't believe how big she is getting!

We got her a Barbie "2-Wheel" scooter (her first scooter had 3 wheels). Barbie CD Kareokee Machine with 2 Mics, and he Bella/Cinderella Balerenia Dance Mat & DVD. She loved all her gifts! We had a couple friends over for cupcakes and to open her gifts.

Saturday will be her BIG party! :) We got the Pink Poodle package from Birthday Express. I'm not much of a catalog/internet buyer, but I think this is the way I'm going from now on! It wasn't very expensive, and so easy! It arrived so quick and packaged well.


Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Tagged with the 2's

I was Tagged by my great friend Shan

2 names you go by
1. Mommie (as Catherine spells it!) LOL
2. Honey

2 parts of your heritage
1. French
2. Irish & Scottish

2 things that scare you
1. The thought that my kids could get hurt
2. Riding in a "tilty" canoe

2 of your everyday essentials
1. Love from my family
2. Ice (I love crunching small ice)

2 things you are wearing right now
1. Kacki's (spelling?)
2. New Earrings!

2 of your favorite bands or musical artists (at the moment)
1. Casting Crowns
2. Jeremy Camp

2 favorite songs (at the moment)
1. Word of God Speak
2. You Raise Me Up

2 things you want in a relationship (other than real love)
1. Trust
2. Humour

2 truths
1. I get "ansy" and have to have "everything" perfect before a party or having guests over.
2. Jesus Christ is my Saviour

2 physical things that appeal to you (in the opposite sex)
1. Muscles
2. Butt (& my DH has both!)

2 of your favorite hobbies (besides scrapbooking??)
1. Altering items/Paper Crafts
2. Scrapbooking

2 things you want really badly
1. New living room carpet or Pergo flooring
2. 300 mm lens for my Canon Rebel G

2 places you want to go on vacation
1. Paris, France
2. Walt Disney

2 things you want to do before you die
(Shan I loved your answers...they'd work for me too!)
1. Hold my Grandbabies that my girls will someday (very far from now) give me
2. Do something to really make a difference in someone's life.

2 ways that you are stereotypically a dude/chick
1. I love the color pink and all things sparkley!
2. I'm really good at baking and decorating cakes

2 things you are thinking about now
1. Planning my DD's Birthday party
2. Eating a bowl of coffee ice cream right now would taste so good

2 stores you shop at
1. (Since everyone is saying Target (which I LOVE) I'll be different) Kohls
2. Linens N' Thins

Looks like Maureen, Cami & Jackie have all been tagged with this one...so I'm going to pull a blog from the 2Peas List! :) I hope it works! :)

Thursday, January 05, 2006

The Bathroom is complete!

Yeah, it's done! It would have been done in just 2 or 3 days...but we both got sick with terrible colds.

I need a few more decorative items. The shelf is pretty bare.

I bought a faux leather magazine box (love that!) and a small stainless steel trashcan.

I'm so happy it's done. The new floor is in. The walls are painted. The new sink vanity is in. The new mirror is up. The new wall storage cabinet is installed. A new light fixture is installed. The towell ring and toilet paper holder is back up. All the plumbing is working great, and I have my new bathroom!

There are a few more details that need to be completed before the room is 100% done

  • Trim needs a fresh coat of paint
  • Crown Molding needs to be painted & installed
  • New Door handles (brushed nickel - swing arm)
  • Sound Absorbing drapery (sewn & installed)
  • More decorative items (Eiffel tower, red shoe, etc...)
...but this is enough for now. :)

Speaking of details...here are a few. The PARIS motife on the toilet paper holder, towell ring, Silver light switch, and Paris Chic box. :)

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year!!!!!!

We brough the New Year with so much fun - Joe & Jenn threw an awesome party! I drank way to much (I'm paying for that today), we had a ton of mixed drinks (margarita's, strawberry daiqeries, mud slides, etc...) and partied until 4:30 in the morning!

We played pictionary with friends, watched the ball drop with Dick Clark, and I made sure to get my New's Years Kiss from Bobby. :)

I'm off to put the kids to bed. They had fun last night...we hired a babysitter to entertain and keep all the kiddo's upstairs. :) My girls are tired though, they ended up staying up pretty late!

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year!!!!!!